We do a lot in PE that meshes with our school-wide “Systems of the Body” topic unit. Anatomy involves a lot of rote memorization, so we try to make it more fun by making it into games.
We used our new scooters to play anatomy tag–you must tag your classmates in the appropriate bone or muscle. Tag the tibia! The tricep! The humerus!
We used foam bricks to build skeletons. The kids had to do exercises that help them build their own skeletons to earn the bricks. When the skeleton (and the exercises) were completed, they had to identify all the bones they had placed. We didn’t have enough white bricks for everyone, so we had to use black ones. What animal has black bones…? Trick question! None. Well, except for this one weird mutant Asian chicken variety, but I’m not sure that counts.
Next up: circulatory/respiratory system simulation, with the kids assuming the roles of heart, lungs, muscles and blood cells.